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Thursday, Mar 10, 2011

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NEWS

SIGNIFICANT SYSTEM OUTAGE (INCLUDING E-MAIL)NEW

ITS will perform a changeover for new computer system load-balancing equipment from 6 to 7:30 a.m., Monday, March 14. As this impacts the CAS (Central Authentication System), which authenticates the username/password for many campus computer systems (including MyUNIverse, e-mail, eLearning, Drupal, UNI Web pages, etc.), the campus-wide impact will be significant.

ITTC SERVER ROOM OUTAGE MARCH 15NEW

All servers and power in 128 ITTC will be shut down at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, while repairs are made to air-conditioning and electrical equipment located in that server room. The maintenance is expected to take four hours. All system administrators have been notified and were involved in the planning of the date and time of this outage. The following services will be down, which will have a campus-wide impact: CNS-hosted e-mail and websites inText>Computer Science student server (student.cs), CNS-hosted software licenses, CNS-hosted printing (labs should be OK), CNS faculty network storage (Windows Z drive, Pandora), ITS-ET production storage for media content streaming media services (KUNI, KHKE and all streaming content from media servers). For more information, visit http://www.uni.edu/its/alerts/maintenance/2011-03-15/ittc-server-room-outage or call Rick Seeley at 273-7218.

SUMMER FELLOWSHIP AWARD AVAILABLENEW

The executive vice president and provost has funding available for a limited number of summer fellowship awards, reserved for faculty members on the tenure track, as a means of supporting scholarly, research and/or creative work that will assist them in making progress toward a successful tenure review. The fellowship provides a $4,500 stipend for work in either May or June 2011. Completed applications are due in the provost's office by Friday, March 25. Complete details about the award and the application are at http://www.uni.edu/provost/resources.

MOTOR POOL GAS SURCHARGENEW

Due to rising gas prices, all car rentals from the UNI Motor Pool since Monday, March 14, are subject to a 65-cent-per-gallon surcharge. View the Motor Pool surcharge chart at www.vpaf.uni.edu/fs/services/motorpool/surcharge.shtml or call 273-2610 or 273-7653 with questions.

NEW E-NEWSLETTER OF THE UNI CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE EDUCATIONNEW

Have a look at news exCHanGE, the e-newsletter of the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education that will be published twice a month. Each issue will contain announcements on upcoming events, information for educators, a news digest and other features.

SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

The Sustainability Council is seeking nominations for the UNI Creating a Responsible Environment (CARE) awards. You are encouraged to nominate a student, faculty or staff member, student organization, or department for their efforts in demonstrating outstanding commitment to sustainability. Nomination information is at www.uni.edu/sustainability. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 8. Award winners will be recognized at the annual Sustainability Forum on Thursday, April 21. For further information, contact jan.hanish@uni.edu.

MAINFRAME ACCESS IMPACTED

In the early morning hours of Friday, March 11, the effort will begin to convert to the new student records system. There could be some performance impacts on all current mainframe systems; however, all systems will be available. Plan your system access accordingly and know what to expect. Before 9 a.m., March 11, access to the current mainframe SIS may be slow and at times may be intolerable. By 9 a.m., performance should improve, although there may be occasional slowdowns. All activities impacting the current mainframe SIS should be completed by 1 p.m. on March 11. This activity will be repeated in late May or early June and again before going live the weekend of Aug. 12.

ACCESS TO NEW SIS SYSTEM

Beginning at 11 a.m., Friday, March 11, ITS will conduct the first conversion of student records to the new SIS system. All currently released functions of the new system will be unavailable during this conversion. This includes admissions and financial aid functionality, as well as course catalog and schedule of classes maintenance. The only feature that will remain available is the online application for admission. The MyUNIverse portal will not be impacted by this outage, although features accessing the new SIS system will be disabled. Access to these areas will be restored by 7 a.m.,  Monday, March 14.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENTNEW

UNI Police, along with other agencies, will participate in an effort in conjunction with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau to provide safe roadways. Wear your seat belt and don't drink and drive. Law enforcement will check vehicles Thursday, March 17, through Sunday, March 20. Don’t depend on dumb luck this St. Patrick’s Day; designate a sober driver before the party begins. For more information, contact Lt. Doug Widen, UNI Police, at 273-2712.

FACULTY RENTAL OF ACADEMIC APPAREL FOR SPRING 2011 COMMENCEMENT

Spring 2011 Commencement ceremonies will be held Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, in the McLeod Center. To make a reservation for rental apparel, contact Tricia Johnson Welter at patricia.welter@uni.edu. The deadline for reserving apparel for the ceremony is Friday, March 11.

TIMECARDS - SPRING BREAK

March 12 is the pay period cutoff for the March 31 monthly and March 23 biweekly paydays. To be included in these paychecks, the timecards for the week ending March 12 must be approved by 10 a.m., Thursday, March 17, which is during spring break. Make sure timecards are submitted and approved to meet the deadlines for these paydays. Any timecards submitted and approved after 10 a.m., Thursday, March 17, will be included in the next payday.

SLIP/TRIP/FALL INJURIES

Slips, trips and falls account for a significant number of injuries reported to the university. With spring-like weather approaching, we may experience a freeze/thaw cycle that can lead to slip/trip/fall injuries. Please be aware that surfaces that are wet during the daytime hours may be iced over in the early morning or late evening hours. Please exercise caution when walking on paved surfaces during these hours.

BLACKBOARD LEARN 9 IS HERE

The current version of UNI eLearning, WebCT CE8, is being phased out and all academic courses will transition to Blackboard Learn 9.1 for fall 2011. The new system offers many new features to enhance teaching and learning. Details about training opportunities and course migration instructions will be announced after spring break.

NISG EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITIONS

Encourage students to apply for an executive director position in the NISG Walrath-Goldsmith administration. Positions include directors of public relations, governmental relations, diversity and student life, administration, chief of staff and Webmaster. Applications are available at www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/government/nisg-open-positions and must be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, March 11.

RESOURCES

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL TRAINING

Appraising performance is more than just a single event. It begins with setting goals, coaching year round, documenting performance (good and bad), and writing and conducting an appraisal without bias. Performance appraisals can be an important tool for motivating employees and inspiring quality work. Learn how to approach and follow through with the performance appraisal process. Two sessions will be offered this spring, Thursday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 23. For details and registration instructions, visit http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/hrs/training/.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR WEBINAR SERIESNEW

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education, hosts a regular series of webinars to assist faculty members in the preparation of Fulbright Scholar Program applications. The spring 2011 webinar schedule is posted at http://www.cies.org/Webinar/. The Office of International Programs can provide assistance with the Fulbright application process.

INTERNAL GRANT FUNDING

New seed funding is available from the Grow Iowa Values Fund resources provided to UNI for late-stage product or process development with the greatest potential for commercialization. Proof-of-concept projects will be considered but priority will be given to projects closer to commercial application. Priority will be given to projects in Iowa’s targeted clusters: bioscience, information technology (including educational technologies) and advanced manufacturing. Up to $10,000 is available for expenses such as summer salary, student wages, equipment and supplies during an award period of April 15 through June 30. No time extensions will be granted. Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Friday, March 25. The RFP, cover page and budget template are at www.uni.edu/osp/2011-grow-iowa-values-fund.

ASPERGER'S AT UNI

More students with Asperger's syndrome are attending institutions of higher learning. In order to provide UNI faculty, staff and student employees resources for these students, a program Asperger’s at UNI will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29 and 30. Learn more and register at http://www.uni.edu/studentaffairs/aspergers-uni.

ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT SESSION

As part of President Allen's focus on enhanced efficiency and accountability, the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Council will sponsor an informational overview session on ERM and what it means to UNI from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 21, in the CME. Gary Langsdale, university risk officer at Penn State University, will discuss ERM in higher education and specifically why it's important to UNI. The session is open to anyone; however deans, directors, department heads and others responsible for management functions at UNI are encouraged to attend. Registration is not required, but seating will be limited to approximately 100. If you have questions, contact Jan Hanish, chair of the ERM Council at jan.hanish@uni.edu or 273-3526.

SPECIAL EVENTS

JUNIOR PANTHER DAY 2011NEW

Students in K through sixth grade are invited to join UNI student-athletes and the Panther Kids Club from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 26, in the UNI-Dome for Junior Panther Day.  The event is free; however, registration is required. Register online at www.unisportscamps.com/junior-panther-day.cfm by Tuesday, March 22. This event is limited by number, age and grade level as required by NCAA rules. For more information, contact Stacia Greve (stacia.greve@uni.edu) or Kara Park (kara.park@uni.edu). 

NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY BENEFIT WALK AT UNI

The UNI Student Athletic Training Organization and the National MS Society are teaming up to host the sixth annual Cedar Falls/Waterloo Multiple Sclerosis Benefit Walk at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 16. This year, for the first time, the event will be held on the UNI campus. Registration is free and begins at 9 a.m. at the WRC. Register your team and support a great cause. For more information, visit http://walknth.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WLK_NTH_Details or contact Deanna Clasen at clasend@uni.edu.

QUASH - QUEST TO UNRAVEL ALZHEIMER'S SCAVENGER HUNT

QUASH, the Quest to Unravel Alzheimer's Scavenger Hunt, is back for 2011. Gather a team of two to four people to challenge your body and mind in a campus-wide event on Saturday, April 16. Each QUASH team is asked to raise $100 per participant to benefit and support the  Alzheimer's Association's research efforts. Register today at www.QUASHnow.org.

SWISHES FOR WISHES (3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT)

The Iowa Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Cedar Valley Committee will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for children with life-threatening illnesses, from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at the WRC, in the upper rec gyms. Registration is $40 per team with a minimum of three and a maximum of four players per team. Registration includes a tournament T-shirt, double elimination 3-on-3 and the opportunity to join the three-point contest. To register, visit www.swishesforwishes.com. A late processing fee of $20 will be charged for teams registering after March 23. Organized by Campaign Methods class.

ATHLETICS

COLLEGE INSIDER TOURNAMENTNEW

The UNI men's basketball team will play host to a first-round game in the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Tournament at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, in the McLeod Center. The opponent will be determined on Sunday night. Tickets to the Panthers' home game March 15 will be $10 for adults and $5 for youth (18-and-under). UNI students with valid IDs will get into the contest free of charge. Tickets are available by calling 273-4849 or by visiting www.UNIPanthers.com.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

FULBRIGHT FACULTY WORKSHOP

Faculty are invited to attend a Fulbright Faculty Workshop from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in the CME. The workshop will be conducted by Athena Fula from the Institute for International Education, Washington, D.C. Learn about teaching and research opportunities in more than 125 countries; get advice on selecting countries for application and making contacts abroad; explore how UNI can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars; and learn tips on how to prepare the Fulbright application. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Contact oipevents@uni.edu with questions.

COMMUNITY AND INEQUALITY: MOVING TOWARD RACIAL JUSTICE IN LOCAL COMMUNITIESNEW

Register now for the conference, Community and Inequality: Moving Toward Racial Justice in Local Communities, sponsored by UNI Public Policy, UNI Political Science and the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 15, in the Georgian Lounge, Commons. Todd Swanstrom, University of Missouri, will speak on the impact of inequality on community decisions and community life. Gregory Squires, George Washington University, will speak on housing discrimination, in particular the use of new media to exclude people of color from housing. Admission to the keynote addresses is free. Registration for the full day conference, including lunch, is $15. For more information, contact the Public Policy office at 273-2910 or allen.hays@uni.edu.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS

ITS-ET and the GLOBE and STORM programs will offer a science and inquiry-based professional development program that aligns with the Iowa Core, starting with a two-week workshop July 17 through 29. Applications are being taken for the IMPACT (IMPacting Achievement with Collaborations and Technology) program. Encourage teachers you work with to visit the program website at http://www.uni.edu/ietti/impact/about_impact/. For more information, contact Doreen Hayek at doreen.hayek@uni.edu or 273-7300.

'CONFLICT BRINGS RESOLUTION' WORKSHOP NEW

The management workshop "Conflict Brings Resolution: Conflict Resolution Acheived" will be offered from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Friday, March 25, in 30 BCS. The registration deadline is Friday, March 18. Workshop participants will become more comfortable with conflict and how to reach resolution. The discounted price is $112 for UNI employees. UNI departments can purchase a consortium membership, which entitles the department to five seats to any of the 2011 management training workshops, for $995. Half-day workshops only use a half seat. After the five seats are used, additional seats can be purchased at a discounted rate of $175 per seat. For more information or to register, contact UNI's Executive Development Center at 273-5851 or execdev@uni.edu.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

TURKISH CERAMIC ART PRESENTATION AND EXHIBITION

David Evans, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Buena Vista University, will give a presentation about Turkish ceramic art from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 12, at the Turkish American Society of Iowa Center, 1402 Main St., Cedar Falls. The presentation will be followed by an exhibition and traditional Turkish food will be served. Sponsored by the UNI Turkish Student Association, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact kenanb@uni.edu.

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: TRUTH ABOUT FEMINISM PANEL

Young feminists will address how and why they see themselves as feminists and what feminism is in the 21st century from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, March 21, in Room 109A, CME.  This event is sponsored by Women's & Gender Studies. 

FINANCING FOR THE SMALL BUSINESSNEW

Financing for the Small Business will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 273-5732 or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

CREDIT & IDENTITY THEFT FOR THE BUSINESS OWNERNEW

Credit & Identity Theft for the Business Owner will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24, in 33 BCS. Advance registration is required. For more information, call 273-5732 or e-mail jpec@uni.edu.

FLORAL ADAPTATIONS: MORE THAN JUST THE BIRDS AND THE BEESNEW

Julie Kang, biology, will discuss flowers, their morphological and anatomical features, and how floral structures are adapted for various modes of reproduction, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, at the University Museum.

NAVY GOES GREEN

Chief Armaun Bartee and Petty Officer Issachar (Izzy) Lane, U.S. Navy, will discuss plans to decrease dependence on oil and obtain 50 percent of our energy needs from non-fossil-fuel sources within 10 years. The sources include biofuels, solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal power. This lecture will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 26, at University Book & Supply.

PERFORMING ARTS

IOWA HIGH SCHOOL BANDS CONCERT

Ronald Johnson and S. Daniel Galyen, School of Music, will coordinate a concert of visiting Iowa high school bands featuring Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Urbandale High School in a Great Hall performance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10. This event is free and open to the public.

WELLNESS AND RECREATION

EATING AND EXERCISE SUCCESS

Find fitness and health success by identifying pitfalls in diet and exercise habits with this six-week series. The series consists of a 15-minute food log review, nutrition education and a 45-minute workout. This class will take place from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Register today at www.uni.edu/wellrec or in 101 WRC.

INTUITIVE EATING WORKSHOP

Are you a chronic dieter? Would you like to learn how to eat when you're hungry and stop when you're satisfied? WRS will sponsor a six-week Intuitive Eating Workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning March 23. Participants will learn how to reject a diet mentality and practice the principles of intuitive eating. Cost is $25. To register, call Joan Thompson at 273-2137.

HALF-PRICE FITNESS CLASSES

Starting Tuesday, March 8, sign up for any fitness class and pay half price. Class fees start at just $10. Excludes: Women on Weights, R.A.D., Ballroom Dance, Zumba, Zumba Circuit and Eating and Exercise Success. Sign up at www.uni.edu/wellrec or in 101 WRC.

HOURS

SPRING BREAK HOURS OF OPERATION AT CHATS

Chats will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 14 through March 18. Chats will be closed Sunday, March 20, reopening at 7 a.m., Monday, March 21. During spring break, the menu includes a reduced bakery selection, two sandwich choices and one salad entrée choice. Prexy's and Essentials will be closed during spring break, reopening, Monday, March 21, with normal hours of operation.

CHANGES IN LIBRARY HOURS DURING SPRING BREAK

There will be no extended checkout for reserve materials during spring break. All youth books (seven-day) checked out Saturday, March 5, are due Monday, March 21. Patrons may check out materials and enter the building until 10 minutes to closing time. Library online resources are available 24/7; if off campus, there will be a prompt to enter your CatID. http://www.library.uni.edu/about-us/hours-maps/exam-holiday-interim-hours#spring

MAUCKER UNION BUILDING HOURS FOR SPRIING BREAK

Maucker Union building hours for spring break are at http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/hrs-bsp.shtml. For a complete list of services available in Maucker Union during spring break, visit http://www.uni.edu/maucker/hours/.